It’s Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate than by supporting local women-owned businesses?
From restaurants and bakeries to jewelry and clothing, here are 15 women-owned businesses in the Corpus Christi area.
Made in Corpus Christi
This local boutique features Corpus Christi designers and creators for an assortment of Corpus-specific products, including apparel, accessories, mugs, home décor and more.
Made in Corpus Christi was opened by Nikki Riojas, who is also president and founder of the Women’s Entrepreneur Society of Corpus Christi.
Or: 1524 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: 361-480-0800 or www.madeincorpuschristi.com
Betty and June
The boutique, named after owner Jessica Jackson and her husband’s fashionable grandmothers, opened its first Corpus Christi location at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The store specializes in unique fashion from designers based in Los Angeles and New York.
Betty & June started in Abilene and is about to open another location in Port Aransas.
Or: 4411 S. Alameda Street, Suite B, Corpus Christi
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Contact: 361-730-7338 or www.bettyandjuneboutique.com
Cosmetics lemonade stand
This local cosmetics company, founded by Rochelle Lowery, now offers products for sale at HEB Plus.
Lowery’s line of homemade, vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics includes products for eyes, lips, eyelashes, glitter makeup tools and skincare.
How to buy: Products can be found at HEB Plus on Saratoga or online at www.lemonadestandcosmetics.com.
COMMONS, owned by Cierra Riley, offers local brands owned by women or people of color.
The boutique serves as a space for enduring brands showcasing Corpus talents.
Products include accessories, household items, pet items, local produce, and apothecary items.
Or: 415 D Peoples St., Corpus Christi
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Contact: 361-462-4570 or www.commonscctx.com
Elena Flores opened her boutique at Hamlin Mall in 2021.
Sew Bonita sells colorful and creative products with a Mexican-American twist, often expressing the beauty of Coastal Bend.
Or: 4034 Weber Road, Corpus Christi
Hours: Friday, 3-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Contact: 361-334-0272 or https://www.instagram.com/sewbonita/
Strawberry Moon Pearls
This local jewelry store sells contemporary native beads.
Strawberry Moon Beads were created by Carley Cunningham, an enrolled member of the Colville Reservation Confederate Tribes.
Colorful and pastel earrings with large patterns make up the majority of the company’s collections. Some of its products take between five and 24 hours to complete.
Cunningham occasionally takes custom orders.
Or buy: https://strawberrymoon.store/
Fevered Moon Beauty Lab
Melissa Bratton, a local hairstylist, specializes in shags, razor cuts and bold colors.
Scrolling through her Instagram reveals a collection of cool 1970s-inspired cuts for what she calls “modern moonies and groovy girls.”
Or: 1225 Airline Road, Corpus Christi
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: 361-876-6800 or https://www.feveredmoon.com/
My Nail Girl Steph
If colorful and creative nail art is your thing, Stephanie Esquivel, or My Nail Girl Steph on social media, is the nail artist for you.
How to book: Available appointments are posted on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mynailgirlsteph/.
Trendy dishes and vegan treats
This company sells “trendy” baked goods that are 100% vegan. Menu items include cakes and cupcakes, cookies, donuts, scones, conchas, cheesecakes, brownies, cinnamon rolls, and other holiday favorites.
The company also offers a weekly surprise box with five baking items delivered to your door every Wednesday.
How to order: https://trendy-eats-vegan-treats-109994.square.site/
Lavender and Lee
Delicate, minimalist handmade jewelry with botanical themes is sold by Samantha Thurman, owner of Lavender and Lee.
Products in her Etsy shop include gold-filled chain jewelry, huggies, and threaded earrings with gemstones and pearls.
How to buy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LavenderandLee
Amanda Whitaker, owner of Dazed Jewelry, sells handmade gemstone jewelry for modern bohemians.
Its products include rings and necklaces often made of sterling silver and adorned with sea glass and opal.
How to buy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/dazejewelry
cookie + crumb
Katie Nicholson has renamed her family business, Hamlin Bakery, to Cookie + Crumb Bakeshop after it closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fresh, from-scratch bakery is taking orders online.
Or: 1220 Airline Road, Suite 140, Corpus Christi
Hours: Wednesday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
How to order: https://cookie-crumb-bake-shop.square.site/
Twin Tree Farm
Dawn Dowell, a local baker, delivers fresh eggs and artisan sourdough products to Corpus Christi and surrounding areas.
The company currently offers full balls and half bastards, as well as specialty breads like chocolate, cinnamon raisins, focaccia, jalapeno cheddar, and olive parmesan.
She also sells sourdough croutons, lemon cake, and cinnamon coffee cake.
How to order: https://www.twiningtreefarm.com/
Home Kitchen Trap
This restaurant, owned by DQ Chillis, is located in downtown Corpus Christi and specializes in home cooking.
Chillis, a single mother, is the sole chef. His most popular dishes include Slow Motion, cheese-covered fries with crawfish tails and shrimp, and Trapiladas, or Trap House Kitchen enchiladas.
Or: 1501 West Point Road, Suite 201, Corpus Christi
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2-6 p.m.
Contact: 361-452-0723 or www.facebook.com/thkcorpuschristi
Sun Moon and Stars Vintage
This vintage boutique, specializing in Y2K fashion, opened in downtown Corpus Christi in 2021.
The boutique, owned by Kaili Ortiz and Giselle Marroquin, sells clothing and accessories for men and women, with a focus on streetwear and abstract fashion.
They source their clothes from local thrift stores and Etsy shops.
Or: 505 S. Water St. in Water Street Village, Corpus Christi
Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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